Thank you to those who shared their Helpful and Heartfelt advice with me in regard to Trusting others in our Friendships.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron Sharpeneth Iron so a Man Sharpeneth the Countenance of his friend.(KJV)
Yes is it important to Trust others especially our Christian Brothers and Sisters, if we can’t Trust we may be influenced by our own repressed emotions. Trust is needed to Love fully, without Trust we will never know the deep inner Joy of God’s Love for Him and others.
Do we Trust everyone, No some seek to cause harm but we do Love everyone, so is this a Contradiction, No we Love them through Jesus, in other words we Trust Him fully so we are able to Love them even if they are our enemies and seek to harm us but we do not have to agree with anything they do that is evil.
We also need Truth in friendship not apathy or agreement with the wrong we do, a few of my friends in obedience to God and in Love for Love rebuked me when I fell into Sin but not away, for sure I was not impressed at the time but my Love and respect for them now is very great, they risked my friendship to warn me I was in danger because they Loved me enough to do so. Special friends are always Faithful and Loyal.
God’s Truth corrects error, are we willing to share it and obey it ourselves or do we just want Saccharin sweet platitudes that will eventually leave a bitter after taste.
But no one has to prove they are worthy of our Love just as we didn’t, God Loved us Unconditionally and Sacrificially even when as Sinners we hurt and ignored Him and He sent Jesus knowing that His heart would be broken to see His beloved Son tortured and killed and also to be Separated from Him because of our Sin so we could be Redeemed and set free from the Slavery of Sin.
We have Heartfelt Thanks that Jesus willingly chose to die for us because He Loved us too and He knew our Abba Father could not bear to be Eternally Separated from us. So even though Jesus also did not want to be Separated from His Father which our Sin would do, He still chose His will and not His own.
Sometimes in life we are hurt, sometimes deliberately but also unintentionally by others, at times we may mistake their actions as being personal and meant to harm us even though there not. This is why we need to forgive and keep forgiving or we will become bitter and revengeful.
We also need to have Compassion for others and be there for them when needed. Being a Special friend means putting others first.
Until I had Heart Repentance and Understood what it meant to be Loved fully and for this to happen I also needed to be healed first, I did not Trust that Jesus would not deliberately hurt me as I had often been but I have no doubts now of His constant Love that always seeks our good and does not deliberately afflict us or cause us to suffer, our Abba Father Loves and cherishes us much more than Loving Parents do their Children.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of men.
James 117 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Many today propagate error believing that God uses evil to bring good out of it, the Scriptures tell us this is slander nor does He hurt us to mold and shape us, this is not His needed Discipline or Loving Chastisement.
We reap what we sow, others hurt us and living in a fallen world presents Hardships too as does Satan when he puts us to the Test through his Trials and Temptations and by motivating those in his control to afflict us as he did with Jesus, Abraham, Job, Peter, Paul and all God’s Redeemed Children but our Souls are protected and Satan can only go so far before God says Stop! and through it all He gives us the Strength to Endure and keeps us Close to His heart so that in all things we can Rejoice and even when afflicted for the good we do, we give Thanks, not for the suffering but for the rewards it brings.
With us knowing fully that God Loves us and will not deliberately hurt us, it means we Trust Him without doubting and not just in our head but in our Heart too and we don’t doubt that He is Love or real either, we know He is!
Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not be afraid for I have Ransomed you I have called you by Name you are Mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression you will not be burned up the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel your Saviour.KJV
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.
Psalm 107: 8 – 9 Oh that men would Praise the Lord for His Goodness and for His Wonderful works to the Children of Men! For He Satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalm 18:1-3 I will Love thee O Lord my Strength. The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress, and my Deliverer, my God, my Strength, in whom I will Trust my Buckler and the Horn of my Salvation and my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be Praised so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (KJV)
Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne.